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I *hope* this is just another example of Melnyk changing his tune to suit his audience/end goal, which has become somewhat pathological and painfully transparent. He says the team is profitable if he's trying to come off as a stable owner; it's haemorrhaging money if he wants some sort of government concession in his favour. I hope he's playing poor to get his casino and that's it. What I hope it's not, is him using the windfall not to improve the team but to prop up other ventures/pay off personal debts.
1 month ago on Kypreos: "(Senators) Aren't Out of the Woods Yet"
Dude. This is a three-month-old blog post about a hockey game. What a weird venue to vent your personal frustration with the way we honour our colonial heritage, especially considering the first comment was actually pretty tame. I don't mean to pick on you, but doesn't this argument seem a tad out of place?
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Vancouver To Host Senators In 2014 Heritage Classic
@Chrislennon_GOA @punk_fiction I feel like a 3-month-old post just got hijacked by some trolling Canadian truther.
@lukus2005 Disagree. Not a chance do you trade Anderson and go with 2 inexperienced netminders. He's still the undisputed #1 until Lehner's play forces their hand.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Elliotte Friedman's Three Thoughts on the Senators
@77Sens @Mothballsuitor Hmmm... then I guess the question is why Ottawa's numbers come out so differently than Edmonton's or Calgary's. I get that maybe there's possibly more money and a bigger corporate presence in the Alberta cities, but I wouldn't expect it to be so drastic. Edmonton's average price is almost double (!), for a team that hasn't made the playoffs in years. Presumably those teams are also maximizing revenue by finding the sweet spot for ticket prices. Is fan interest in Ottawa really that different from Edmonton or Calgary?
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Melnyk Hires PR Firm Called 'ESPN' to Perform Study on Pro Sports Franchises
What I found interesting was Ottawa's ticket pricing relative to every other Canadian market (full data here: http://www.fancostexperience.com/pages/fcx/blog_pdfs/entry0000020_pdf001.pdf). It's not just below every other Canadian NHL franchise, it's WAY LOWER. Like, the next lowest is Calgary and average ticket prices there are 43% higher.
I can't help feel there's something incongruous about an owner crying poor and pushing hard for a casino as a second revenue source, when a modest ticket price hike (say, 10%, so we'd still be the lowest-priced Canadian ticket in the league) would do the same.
If they have to close the roof and still call it an outdoor game, does that mean Tampa Bay's Thunderdome era were all outdoor games?
I would LOVE to see a white version of the current heritage sweater trotted out. That would be incredible.
8 months ago on Vancouver To Host Senators In 2014 Heritage Classic
Alfie's back. That doesn't at all sound like a guy who's ready to hang them up.
8 months, 4 weeks ago on Alfredsson Wins Messier Leadership Award
@Nichols6thSens Interesting that 24-28 year-olds corresponds roughly with the Muckler draft years. More confirmation that he was terrible, as if we needed it.
9 months, 1 week ago on Post Mortem: The 2013 Ottawa Senators Season
Nice point about the career trajectories. It's as if the team's missing a bulk of players in the 24-28 age range that could replace the leadership core, which is over 30 for the most part. Instead, we have the vets and the kids. So, do you trade some kids to get some established players, or let them develop and waste your veterans' final years?
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Post Mortem: The 2013 Ottawa Senators Season
I like the concept of the award, but you're right, evaluating over the course of a single season is inherently flawed. What would be more fair would be to allow all transactions up to 5 years earlier as fodder for consideration. GMs 1-2 years in would have to share the award with the GM who preceded them, a la Jennings trophy. Like, if you wanted to give it to Nonis for the year the Leafs had, he had to share it with Burke for building the team.
I think the way they do it just rewards teams that make a splash, either in free agency or in a trade in a given year. Think of all the D-minuses the Sens got in offseason reviews for their lack of pursuit of free agents.
10 months ago on Bryan Murray Does Good GMing, Is Snubbed
Hilarious dig on Mendes at the end of the clip! I just hope he doesn't re-aggravate the injury by coming back so soon. Personally, I'd rather him just sit out this season and get the strength back up so he can be the World's Best Karlsson next season.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Erik Karlsson Returns?
I wish Eugene and Rob Ford would team up for some sort of reality show...
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Melnyks Speaks - Building a Forensic Case Against Matt Cooke
Just curious: with all these possession-based statistics out there, I haven't seen one that tracks literal possession of the puck; they all seem to infer possession through shots/chances taken/against while on ice. How about coming up with a figure like TOI, except TOP (time of possession), to track how often a particular player or team has the puck during a game? I don't see why that would be harder to track than TOI is. It might yield even more useful information, especially if broken down by zone and combined with the shots/chances data.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Ottawa Now A Sub-50 Possession Team
A bit of an overreaction, no? Why do they "need" a guy to play 3 minutes and fight every night?
1 year ago on VIDEO: Murray Scouting Central League
Have you ever seen a more boring highlight compilation? I hope he can do more than make clean, cross-ice passes to the other D.
1 year ago on Wikstrand Wins Award
Obviously you've never seen the Outlet Malls -- missing out!Actually it appears Norfolk swapped affiliations in the offseason. They were Tampa's farm team last year, and now they're Anaheim's. The Lighning subsequently got Syracuse to replace them this year. So Syracuse has most of last year's Norfolk's roster, when they won the Cup. Mystery solved.
Incidentally, how do AHL franchises maintain any fan loyalty whatsoever when that happens? Imagine, one day the entire Sens roster gets swapped out for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Many more years of Foligno...
1 year, 4 months ago on Luke Richardson Speaks: Lehner, Bishop, Z-Bad & Silf
Why do people keep referring to Syracuse as the defending Calder Cup champs? Wasn't it Norfolk last year?
Great post, BTW.
Just wanted to say that pic is hilarious. It's Murray's semi-concerned expression and formal attire, combined with that drunk-scrawl cartoon pink phone coming at him... just too funny.
1 year, 5 months ago on Murray Speaks On The Radio | September
Yeah, this is a pretty shameless way for a company to piggyback off Alfie's popularity to boost sales for their lame development. It's not like they've been able to show restraint from self-promotion in naming streets in the past. Wanna meet me at the corner of Rahul Crescent and Kochar Drive to prove my point?
1 year, 5 months ago on Street To Be Named For Alfie? | September